Sydney voted Australia’s best capital

Sydney has taken out top honours in this year’s T+L World’s Best Awards.

Sydney voted Australia’s best capital

Sydney has taken out top honours in this year’s Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards, being voted best Australian capital city by the largest travel magazine brand in the United States.

Sydney’s ranking confirms how well the city satisfies travellers from around the world.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the accolade was a testament to the diverse range of world-class experiences in the Harbour City and supported the efficacy of Destination NSW’s marketing programs in the USA. 

“I’m delighted to see that Sydney has once again taken out the number one ranking, proving that our iconic landmarks, stunning beaches, outstanding events and festivals and first-class food and wine experiences continue to entice international visitors,” said Mr Marshall

“In the most recent round of the International Visitor Survey NSW and Sydney achieved record results, ranking as the number one State and city in Australia in terms of international visitors, nights and expenditure and the United States represents an important share of this visitor market for NSW.

“In the year ended December 2017, we welcomed 457,000 overnight visitors from the US (up 7.2 per cent) who spent $774 million (up 3.2 per cent).”

Sydney also cleaned up in the Best City Hotels in Australia section, with three hotels in the top five: Park Hyatt Sydney; Shangri-La Hotel Sydney and The Langham Sydney.

Read more about the World’s Best Awards

What do you think of Sydney? Is it Australia’s best capital?



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    Lark Force
    21st Jul 2018
    How many other Australian cities did the voters visit?
    The most Americans that I've met only have short vacations, so don't get time to experience very much of Australia. And they reckon its too far to come, but happily go to other far flung places. Yes Sydney is nice, but fair suck of the sauce bottle, ask them which other cities they've been to.
    22nd Jul 2018
    Met 6 of those travellers in Tahiti and convinced them to visit Brisbane and Cairns as well as Darwin on their way to Singapore. They stopped in Sydney and we made our way to Brisbane to meet them showing them around. They were totally amazed as they expected a hick town; never seen pictures of Brisbane before coming to Australia and Cairns was known for the Reef. Darwin had never even been on their radar.

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